It’s officially game week with with five days until MSU opens the season against Boise State at Spartan Stadium.
Broncos coach Chris Petersen spoke with the MSU media earlier today in a conference call. He said this is one of the most challenging openers his team has had since he’s been coaching the Broncos.
Here are some other tidbits.
Petersen on preparing for MSU running back Le’Veon Bell.
“We taped two of our running backs together and they carry the ball at the same time to get a little feel for what it’d be like to tackle the guy because we don’t have anybody around here that looks like that. That’s gonna be different for our defense. We try to simulate some of their plays and what they’re actually gonna be like, but there’s no doubt they’re gonna be different when its game speed because he is a load. That will be different for our guys.”
Petersen on how Boise is preparing for Andrew Maxwell.
“All we can do is study Michigan State’s style on offense, know that they’re gonna have some tweaks to their system to play to his strengths and that’s really what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to stop their system, especially when you don’t have a ton of tape on somebody. We have enough that you can see that the guy has astrong arm, he’s athletic. We know that they have a lot of confidence in him to pick up where Kirk cousins left off. You just gotta look at what they do and prepare accordingly, especially when it’s the first game.
Junior Joe Southwick will be the starting quarterback for Boise State on Friday. He takes over for Kellen Moore, who is now the third stringer for the Lions. Here are Petersen’s thoughts on him.
“I think Joe’s a good athlete. He’s been in our system four years, knows our stuff very well. He knows how to operate as a quarterback and you know has got a little bit of playing time here and there throughout the years. He’s always done a great job in terms of preparing so it will be nice just to finally give him this opportunity to see what he can do with it.”
Petersen later added this on what Southwick does best.
“I think what he does best – there’s a lot to our offense, we’re very multiple and have a lot of different things going on – is he can run the show for us. He can be like a coach on the field out there. He knows where people are supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be there and those type of things.”
Petersen on what makes MSU DE William Gholston unique.
“I think it starts with 6-7, 278. That makes him unique. And the second thing is somebody being able to move like he moves and play that hard. You couple those two things and you’ve got something unique.
Also if you missed it in today’s LSJ, we profile Andrew Maxwell and how he’s ready to step in to the spotlight for the Spartans and backup quarterbacks Connor Cook and Tyler O’Connor.